Photographer Aashim Tyagi captures honest moments from city streets
If there's one thing we love at Bound, it's discovering gifted creatives such as Aashim Tyagi. Born in Delhi, Aashim moved to Singapore as a teenager and then to the US at the age of 18. After relocating to Mumbai in 2006, and a three-year stint in Bangalore, he returned to Mumbai where he currently lives.
Having worked as a graphic designer for ten years, lacking inspiration in commercial design and being tied to a desk, Aashim pursued a career as a professional photographer in 2011, and boy, are we glad he did. His first commission, Fortified, was an exclusive collection of prints around the Fort neighbourhood of South Mumbai for the design shop Filter. Since then, Aashim has been armed with his Fuji X-Pro 2 and an iPhone and never looked back.
His documentary style photography has the power to capture the essence of a moment and transport you right into the action. "Honestly. I think there is no such thing as photographic "truth", every decision from the point of view, to the processing has a bearing on the final photo. I strive to share a moment with as much honesty as I can," says Aashim when asked to describe what he tries to convey with his photographs. Being a believer that "learning never stops" his work is influenced by the likes of Todd Hido, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Josef Koudelka, Daido Moriyama to name a few.
When asked what motivates him to continue taking pictures and where he finds inspiration, he replied:
"Curiosity. My absolute favourite thing to do is to walk and explore places. I think the act of looking needs to be deliberate, slow and repetitive. I am all for serendipity and the "decisive moment" but layers reveal themselves when you revisit places, neighbourhoods, spaces and even people. So yes, cities are a great inspiration.
A lot of my work is very graphic in its composition and subject matter. My other great love is typography, so naturally, there are a lot of photographs of signage and lettering, but these photographs of found type have also become a memorial of sorts. These photographs of a changing retail landscape (old tactile signage replaced by digital prints) and a loss of skill is currently a project I am personally vested in."
Image credits: Aashim Tyagi